Pizza Quest 10: Greco

During one of my recent (increasingly infrequent) visits to the gym, I noticed that a new pizza place was rising from the ashes of a former Blockbuster video location: Greco Pizza.  In this context, “new” is a relative term—I seem to recall that there used to be a Greco somewhere else in St. John’s, but there hasn’t been for a while.  They do appear to be a fairly significant chain, however, with over 100 locations throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario.

Anyway, I took advantage of a current special (a large with 3 toppings for $15) and got a pizza for dinner tonight, with cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and ground beef.  Initial impressions were good: the toppings were abundant, I saw it come out of the oven so I knew it was fresh, and it was not overdone.  asting it was just as encouraging—it was a good pizza.

Unfortunately, I don’t think it was the right kind of pizza.  Greco pizzas are pan pizzas reminiscent of Pizza Delight or Pizza Hut.  As such, it was a little greasier than I’d care for in my perfect pizza, with a soft crust where I tend to prefer a little bit crispy.  Furthermore, they tout their “edge-to-edge” toppings, whereby the toppings are spread over the entire top of the pizza, and indeed this was the case.  I, however, like a bit of firm crust accessible around the edge so I have something to hold on to.

The restaurant site itself was clean (not surprising, giving that it has been open for less than a week), with a lot of people in the kitchen efficiently producing pizzas.  While I expect this would bode well for the consistency and reproducability of Greco’s pizza, it also homogenizes the experience a bit and makes it feel just a tad too generic.

Looking back, I realize this sounds rather negative, and that is certainly not my intent.  The pizza was quite delicous, and I had six slices eaten before I realized that I should probably not eat six slices.  It is good without being the type of pizza that is my ideal, but I can hardly fault it for that since it aspires to be something different.  While the Pizza Quest will continue, I will still be happier now that there is a Greco nearby.

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